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Practice Perspective — JVIB Abstract

Abstract: The terms accommodation and modification are used throughout the disability community. They are sometimes used interchangeably, but they really do not mean the same thing. Accommodations are supports and services that change how an individual learns while modifications change what the individual is taught or is expected to learn (content and performance expectations are changed). Sometimes an individual can have the need for both accommodations and modifications simultaneously or, with different learning or job tasks, they may need one or the other. All accommodations and modifications should be made on an individual basis and are required, as appropriate, by different federal laws (see, for example, the Individuals with Disability Education Act [IDEA], Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA]), as well as by many state laws.

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